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After Being Pulled From Car and Tased During George Floyd Protests, Two Black Students Sue Atlanta Police

Written by on June 21, 2021

In a video from May 30th, 2020, Atlanta officers are found shouting at Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, students at historically Black colleges in Atlanta, firing Tasers at them and dragging them from the car. The students can be heard screaming and asking what they did wrong. Fast forward one year later, Pilgrim and Young have filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta police, who had no justification for pulling two students from their car and hitting them with stun guns while they were stuck in traffic caused by protests over George Floyd’s death.

Pilgrim and Young were headed home on May 30th, 2020, a curfew declared hours earlier. An officer instructed Young, 23, to leave the area, according to the suit. Young, who had been unaware of the curfew, moved forward a few yards to comply with the officer but was again stuck in traffic. Young was punched repeatedly and suffered a deep gash on his arm that required 13 stitches, according to his attorneys. According to another officer, concern about a gun led him to hit Pilgrim with a stun gun.

Source: USA Today

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